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Youth social action for a fairer future

City Year UK is a youth and education charity which empowers 18 to 25-year-olds, from all backgrounds, to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering in schools.

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Bridging the attainment gap

Strong leadership and excellent teaching aren't always enough to close the attainment gap between pupils from lower income backgrounds and their better off peers. Sometimes schools need more resources to deal with all the issues that can come between a child and their education. Our highly trained and dedicated young people volunteer to fill the gap - supporting individual pupils and the whole school, every day.

What we do

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Support pupils to realise their potential

Our volunteers are in school all day, mentoring and coaching pupils on their social, emotional and academic skills, because they believe in their potential.

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Offer new opportunities to young people

Our volunteers don’t just make a difference to the pupils they support. They acquire valuable personal and professional skills so that their year of change leads to a lifetime of opportunity.

Part of an international movement

We are pioneers of using full-time social action in the UK to address some of our most entrenched issues, but we are also part of an international movement. We want to inspire more people to take part.

Our impact

Together, we're creating positive, responsive and welcoming learning environments where pupils can thrive.

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Our City Year Mentors are in schools across London, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester.

Our Locations

Partnering with City Year UK

If you want to reach the pupils who need help most and support young people to gain the skills and experience they need for their future career, find out how you could partner with us.

Meet the team

Our team comes from diverse backgrounds and includes those who have served as City Year Mentors with City Year UK. All are committed to addressing educational inequality in our schools.

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